Press Release: Women Filmmakers Enter Your Films for the 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival Today


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WADFF

c/o The Brooklyn

Chapter of The Links, Inc.

PO Box 50013

Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brooklyn, NY 26 January 2017: The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links announces the Call for Film Entries for the 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF). WADFF will showcase films focused on Women, their families, neighborhoods, and the global community. Featuring an international roster of films, the Festival will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at LIU Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY 11201 in the Spike Lee Screening Room from 10am-6pm.

Films must be produced, written, or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent and must have been completed on or after June 1, 2012. All work must be submitted by March 24, 2017. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to participating filmmakers.

Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links is dedicated to the support of educational, civic and cultural activities in Brooklyn. It is a chapter of The Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation, whose membership consists of 14,000 professional women of color in 282 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of its national organization in providing services to its Brooklyn Community in five mission areas:  The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends, and Health and Wellness. A focus of the Chapter’s arts programming is to empower women and youth by lending support and encouragement to emerging artists – with a particular focus on filmmakers for the past 16 years.

The foundation for all of the chapter’s programs and services is rooted in the African American tradition of giving and volunteerism. Members share a deep sense of communal responsibility, and for the past 64 years, have been committed to actively initiating and supporting educational, cultural, and civic programs that positively impact the lives of people of African descent residing in Brooklyn.

15th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival Call for Entries!

LenseCall for Entries: The 15th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival!

The 15th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival presented by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc. now opens its call for entries. If you would like to see an example of the lineup from WADFF 2015, click here. Please contact wadffbklyn@gmail.com with questions regarding the festival.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE To showcase films which are centered around the theme of Linkages: Women, Their Families, Neighborhoods, and the Global Community, and to support the artistic development of Women filmmakers of African Descent by providing a supportive exhibition platform, offering stipends to participants, and seeking industry opportunities that will help to expose the filmmakers’ works and further their careers.

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Still from AFUA’S DIARY: Produced by Bibi Owusu Shadbolt and Pixelex Aspec.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2016. The media constantly bombards us with negative images of people of African descent. Our positive accomplishments, uplifting experiences, and gifts to humanity get little attention. The Brooklyn Chapter believes it is vitally important that our legacy be maintained, nurtured and preserved and it is our responsibility to shape the public’s perception of who we are as a people. Through the medium of film, filmmakers of African descent document and relay the stories of our past, present, and future. They have become the new historians –“preservers of our legacy.” The Brooklyn Chapter realizes that many societal misconceptions start with how we are portrayed in the media. To counteract the adverse portrayal of African Americans in the movies and media, the Brooklyn Chapter, in 2002, initiated Linkages: Women of African Descent Film Festival. By choosing and screening films that depict the positive linkages that women of African descent have to their families, neighborhoods and communities, the film festival is able to effectively influence peoples’ perceptions through the medium of film.

 

Lense2GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All films must be produced, written or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, and must have been completed on or after June 1, 2010. Submission deadline is Friday, March 18thJurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the participating filmmakers.

Web-series, shorts, documentaries, animation and feature films are all welcome.  Films are not to exceed one (1) hour.

Local, national and international submissions accepted.

Flash drive, links and DVD formats accepted. *Please note: there is no submission fee, and films will not be returned to you unless you include a self-addressed padded envelope. With your playable film submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements.

Please send all flash drive or DVD submissions to:
WADFF
c/o The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc.
PO Box 50013
Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013

For online films, please submit the link to wadffbklyn@gmail.com.

THE EVENT The festival will take place Saturday, May 7, 2016 at LIU Brooklyn (Corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues), Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Screening Room from 10am-6pm.

THE LINKS Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links is dedicated to the support of educational, civic and cultural activities in Brooklyn. It is a chapter of The Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation, whose membership consists of 14,000 professional women of color in 282 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of its national organization in providing services to its Brooklyn Community in five mission areas:  The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends, and Health and Wellness. A focus of the Chapter’s arts programming is to empower women and youth by lending support and encouragement to emerging artists – with a particular focus on filmmakers for the past 15 years.

The foundation for all of the chapter’s programs and services is rooted in the African American tradition of giving and volunteerism. Members share a deep sense of communal responsibility, and for the past 63 years, have been committed to actively initiating and supporting educational, cultural, and civic programs that positively impact the lives of people of African descent residing in Brooklyn.

You can ‘Like’ and follow the festival Facebook page here.

Please contact festival Co-Chair Yvonne Presha at wadffbklyn@gmail.com.

“Celebrating 63 Years of Service to the Brooklyn Community”

Funding Women Artists: 100,000 Signatures Needed to Support Equitable Funding for Women Artists by Feb 6th

Funding Women Artists

100,000 Signatures Needed to Support Equitable Funding for Women Artists by Feb 6th

Inspiring Change for Women in the Arts

During President Obama’s administration, the fight for equality has had a renewed energy and significance. The national call for “equal pay for equal work for women” has been heard by the arts community, as well. Women artists have a stake in the call to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, as they often take on day jobs in order to support their families and themselves as artists. Women have the civil and human right to participate equally in opportunities for creative expression in programs supported by taxpayer funds.

The “Cromnibus” bill, recently passed by the House of Representatives, approved $146 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities each; $30 million for the Office of Museum Services; and $25 million for the U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education program. What would equitable distribution of these funds mean for women artists nationally? Everything.

To this end, a petition calling for legislation guaranteeing women equal access and opportunity for employment in government funded arts organizations has been launched. At least 100,000 signatures are needed by February 6, 2015 in order to receive an official response from the White House.

People can view, sign and share the petition here:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/enact-legislation-guaranteeing-women-equal-access-opportunity-employment-government-funded-arts/k78Rz059

Equitable Distribution of Funds

The petition states: “We the People petition the Obama administration to enact legislation whereby any nonprofit arts organization or institution that is receiving city, state or federal funding should be mandated to allocate an equitable portion of that funding to women artists across the board, thereby ensuring that women receive grants and/or employment opportunities that are still being denied them.

“For example, studies show that in the American Theatre women receive less than 20% of production opportunities nationwide. With this new legislation, playwrights, directors, designers, dramaturgs, etc. would have a fair shot at working and/or creating in their chosen field. Commercial theatre producers will continue to produce and/or employ whomever they choose—man or woman. But when government monies are involved, the petition asks for a mandate for parity in the disbursement of those dollars for all women in the literary, performing and visual arts.

President Obama said in his 2014 State of the Union address, “When women succeed, America succeeds.” Ensure that women artists can succeed by signing this petition which can change their lives as well as the landscape of work created by women artists for the enjoyment and betterment of arts and culture in communities, cities, and states across America.

Opportunities to sign the petition are open until Feb. 6, 2015.

Again, view, sign and share this petition today here:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/enact-legislation-guaranteeing-women-equal-access-opportunity-employment-government-funded-arts/k78Rz059

Shortened link for posting:

http://1.usa.gov/1Ao26IW

Some hashtags:

#LeanIn

#ChangeTheRatio

#Ask4More

#EqualVoice

#parityraid

#paritypetition

#theatrewomen

#womeninfilm

#glasscurtain

#glassceiling

#womencallingtheshots

#halfthesky

#heforshe

More Info? See Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/765365980178622/